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Old 01-11-2017   #1
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Myanmar - Yangon, Mawlamyine, Hpa-An

there is a fabulous thread with photos from Myanmar: http://www.rangefinderforum.com/foru...ad.php?t=95486

rather than adding too many of mine here photos I took on a short trip to Myanmar early December 2016, 5 days in Yangon and another 6 days between Mawlamyine and Hpa-An. A bit rushed but I had a great time and Myanmar proved to be a photographer's paradise. In Yangon I was together with a non photographer but in Mawlamyine and Hpa-An a had a real ball!

Gear I had taken was Sony A7 with 3 lenses, CV f4/21mm, Canon LTM f2/35mm and f1.4/50mm. I was happy with my choice of focal lenghts but let down by the 21mm. First almost exclusively used images came out increasinly bad. Only later I found out that it's rear lens block had become loose.

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around Yangon:

Strand Road

Yangon
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Tricycle driver:

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Noodle factory:

noodle factory
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around Inya lake:

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inside circular train:

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monk reading Buddha comic at Shwedagon pagoda:

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Shwedagon:

coming, going
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following photos of Mawlamyine, capital of Mon state
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Mawlamyine, former Moulmein 300 km South/ east of Yangon, was the first capital of British Burma between 1826 and 1852.
That time many British used to live there, they are long gone but populations still is an interesting mix with a strong Hindu minority, also Christians and Muslims:


big goat and proud owner by andreas, on Flickr, Canon LTM f2/35, Sony A&


hair stylist
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monastery
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local tourist
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Nwa La Po pagoda, not yet on the tourist trail but geologicaly possibly even more astounding than the famous Kyaiktiyo Pagoda

Nwa La Po pagoda
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Mawlamyine
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next photos on the way from Mawlamyine to Hpa-An and around Hpa-An
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Hpa-An, capital of Kayin state, is only about 45km from Mawlamyine and there are quite a few interesting caves, pagodas and landscape on the way and around Hpa-An

access to Kha Yone cave

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at entrance to Saddan cave

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around Saddan cave:

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made my lunch on the way from Mawlamyine tio Hpa-An

cook
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bus driver

bus driver
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them girls:

them girls
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Kawgun cave:

Kawgun cave
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Lumbini gardens

Buddha
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view from lake at Kyaut Ka Latt to Mt. Zewadin

view from lake at Kyaut Ka Latt to Mt. Zewadin by andreas, on Flickr, in-camera pano, CV f4/21mm, Sony A7

I hope you enjoy! more photos from the trip here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kuuan/...7677254564195/
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Lovely photos kuuan. Do you have any pictures of the places you stayed during your travels?

I like the restraint you showed in adjusting the photos; the colors and textures of the subject do the talking instead of post processing effects. That is one of the things I've also appreciated about Micheal's pictures.

The scenic views and shots like the motorcycle rider are impressive, and the low angle shot of the monastery is really nice. The shots of people in their environment that really pull me in. The barber shop, noodle factory, and people on the street are wonderful.

Thank you for sharing these.

And what is the circular train??
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Lovely photos kuuan. Do you have any pictures of the places you stayed during your travels?

I like the restraint you showed in adjusting the photos; the colors and textures of the subject do the talking instead of post processing effects. That is one of the things I've also appreciated about Micheal's pictures.

The scenic views and shots like the motorcycle rider are impressive, and the low angle shot of the monastery is really nice. The shots of people in their environment that really pull me in. The barber shop, noodle factory, and people on the street are wonderful.

Thank you for sharing these.

And what is the circular train??
thank's Mark.

do you mean photos of the hotels?
no, I don't, but one can see those on agoda, booking. asf.
( are you enquiring about standard? )

good to know that you view processing being restrained and that in a positive way.

the circular train is a 46km loop line around Yangon built by the British, trains for commuters: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yangon_Circular_Railway
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Nice photos, Andreas. They make me want to spend a few days in Myanmar on my next trip to SE Asia. Hope all is well.
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thank's Mark.

do you mean photos of the hotels?
no, I don't, but one can see those on agoda, booking. asf.
( are you enquiring about standard? )

good to know that you view processing being restrained and that in a positive way.

the circular train is a 46km loop line around Yangon built by the British, trains for commuters: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yangon_Circular_Railway
and a good ride
Thank you for the reply. These photos are so exotic to me, and I was wondering whether your lodgings were also, or maybe much like anywhere else in the world. I could have worded it better but didn't know if you stayed in commercial lodgings, or with acquaintances, or some other arrangement.
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Thank you for the reply. These photos are so exotic to me, and I was wondering whether your lodgings were also, or maybe much like anywhere else in the world. I could have worded it better but didn't know if you stayed in commercial lodgings, or with acquaintances, or some other arrangement.
hotels that sell on booking sites, pretty much like anywhere in the world. Old, renovated and adapted or new commercial buildings. In Myanmar it is adviced to book in advance and quality / price ratio of rooms is lower than further south east.
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Great series Andreas! Thanks for sharing.
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All are great. I was especially intrigued by the one with the bird above the table. What a great catch!
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I love that almost all people in the photos smile at you. Well done!
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Familiar places, went there in 2015. Great work and thx for sharing!
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Good to see these, Andreas. I'm not round much for a while but always glad to follow your footsteps. You are making the best of your A7.
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Nice photos, Andreas. They make me want to spend a few days in Myanmar on my next trip to SE Asia. Hope all is well.
thank you Keith. Myanmar is much worth while visiting, I hope I shall make it back there soon enough with more leisure
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All are great. I was especially intrigued by the one with the bird above the table. What a great catch!
doves can be seen in many places around the city, and people feeding them. Digital makes it easy, took some 10 to 20 frames to get one decent catch
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Very impressive.
thank's. Hope to be doing better the next time though
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I love that almost all people in the photos smile at you. Well done!
thank's! Being a foreigner around Asia I usually ask people if I can take their photo. Candids I do rarely and if so only in crowded places. Often, as a foreigner, one stands out and is observed anyway. A friend of mine sometimes cracks me up because he shoots from the hips while looking somewhere else absolutely oblivious to the fact that most people around, at least those who care, know exactly what he is doing. Most people feel happy to have their photo taken and I prefer to have that interaction included.
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Familiar places, went there in 2015. Great work and thx for sharing!
good to know that this stirrs memories, and welcome!
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Good to see these, Andreas. I'm not round much for a while but always glad to follow your footsteps. You are making the best of your A7.
thank you Robert.
The A7 is not my dream camera but it does what I bought it for, above all offering the size of media my old lenes had been made for.

Choosing gear for the Mynamar trip was about picking my widest lens, choices were CV 4.5/15 on Ricoh GXR M or A7 with CV 4/21. Despite some corner issue I decided for the wider view of A7 + CV21. Shwedagon pagoda and other motives called for a that, even wider wouldn't have hurt. The CV21 first was the most used lens but unfortunately developed a fault during the trip and gave increasingly bad results. Because of the inferior IQ I only included very few "street scenes", architecture asf. above, here now a few, with IQ issues, from Yangon:

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city bus stop:


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small train station:


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architecture in old city centre


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a press:


press
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hair stylist:

hair style
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note: all above taken with CV f4/21mm on Sony A7. The rear lens group had become loose, what you see is NOT indicative of the performance of this lens/camera combination.
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Interesting photos and place.
thank you Pepe, great place for photography!
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These are excellent photos of a fascinating place Andreas. You have used the lenses really well and captured the people and their environment beautifully.
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Great photo-work! Congrats!

Love how you capture people in their enviroment... and the colour, the light... great.
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Hello Andreas, what a great thread! Many superb pictures, I especially like the one from the lady in the train, the cook in his kitchen, the close-up portrait of the smiling lady and the b/w panorama.

How did you come with your particular travel plan?

I went to Myanmar recently end of November/ early December and had a round trip from Yangon to Inle Lake. Such a great place for taking pictures of people!
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city bus stop:


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This is really interesting,
Kawasaki City bus from Japan?

There were some Chang-hua County Police mortor cycles/ Taiwan running around in Iraq and they didn't remove the markings either

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These are excellent photos of a fascinating place Andreas. You have used the lenses really well and captured the people and their environment beautifully.
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Great photo-work! Congrats!

Love how you capture people in their enviroment... and the colour, the light... great.
thank you very much for your encouraging feedback Shab!
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Hello Andreas, what a great thread! Many superb pictures, I especially like the one from the lady in the train, the cook in his kitchen, the close-up portrait of the smiling lady and the b/w panorama.

How did you come with your particular travel plan?

I went to Myanmar recently end of November/ early December and had a round trip from Yangon to Inle Lake. Such a great place for taking pictures of people!
thank's a lot Pacco!

Planning was a bit rudimentary. I had asked Michael for advice, he was very helpful but in the end I only decided where to go from Yangon while already there and I did not go where he had recommended me to go because that would have meant much longer bus trips or inland flights. In Yangon a friend of me was with me and did not need more planning than making a hotel reservation. After Yangon I only had 6 days for myself and travels and decided to go to Mawlamyine and Hpa-An because these provincial capital promised to have distinct laid back athmosphere with many interesting sights, pagodas, caves, mountains, rivers, spread out at only 5 to 6 hours by bus from Yangon. I believe that it was a good choice!

Actual travel turned out to be much easier than readings had made me expect. Taxi from airport was cheaper than expected, friendly and efficient, booked bus tickets to and fro Mawlamyine through a local, online booking service, got to and fro Yangon bus station by enjoyable collective taxi and had little enough luggage to take motorbike taxi to and fro bus station in Mawlamyine. There I rented a motorbike and drove myself around there and to and around Hpa-An. Booked hotels in advance but mostly just a day or two in advance which made availability tight, the 5 nights in Yangon we stayed in 3 different places and hotels in Hpa-An were listed as full but there was room after contacting the hotel directly via facebook.

Pacco now I am curious now to see your photos from around Inle lake and Yangon, I am also curious about practical informations we may want to exchange, please don't hesitate to ask if you have any specific questions.
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This is really interesting,
Kawasaki City bus from Japan?

There were some Chang-hua County Police mortor cycles/ Taiwan running around in Iraq and they didn't remove the markings either
all public buses ( but the most modern, overland buses ), also local trains and utility trucks are second hand from Japan, a good number also from Korea and prett much all have all the original letterings and signs. Interesting that Iraq gets Taiwanese vehicles!

cute the small Hino buses:

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I took many more, nothing special, but possibly interesting nevertheless, a few more around Yangon:


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night snack
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typical meats
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pray
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So many superb and beautiful images images. Your images of the people are especially wonderful. Thank you for sharing.
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Hello Andreas,

It's so cool that you went to Mon State and rented a motorbike, I imagine it must of been an amazing experience. Looking at your awesome photos have brought back a lot of good memories, so thanks a lot for posting them. It's actually really cool to have read that other RFF members have gone to Myanmar as well, I hope others get inspired and decide to travel there.

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Great work Kuuan, great work!
Thanks for sharing.
thank's. I took so many photos in a short span of time, most are very ordinary but I shall even add more, hoping that they are of interest nevertheless
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So many superb and beautiful images images. Your images of the people are especially wonderful. Thank you for sharing.
I am not very confident that my images stack up with what's seen in this forum, but photos of people "on the road" being comfortable with me and happily posing may well be a bit of a speciality of mine, thank you!


them boys
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Hello Andreas,

It's so cool that you went to Mon State and rented a motorbike, I imagine it must of been an amazing experience. Looking at your awesome photos have brought back a lot of good memories, so thanks a lot for posting them. It's actually really cool to have read that other RFF members have gone to Myanmar as well, I hope others get inspired and decide to travel there.

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thank you Michael for comenting and again for your your personal tips via P.M.!
right, riding motorbike simply is "the" default means to get around in most places in S/E Asia, I believe you will agree. Motorbikes are banned in Yangona and I read also in a few touristic areas, and as foreigner one cannot have, or at least not that I know of, a valid driver's license. But just as in other countries in the area that's not any real big issue

Mawlamyine and Hpa-An area is as if made for motorbiking, the cities themselves are fun and interesting to drive around in. Many pagodas, view points, colonial houses and churches asf. are spread out across both cities, some at a distance of some 10 to 20km and many more in between the cities which are only 45 km apart.

You may know, how about Inle lake and Loikaw, is it possible to rent bikes there? - This won't have been my last trip to Myanmar and me too I am looking forward to see more photos of you and others who have been traveling there.

around Mawlamyine

first Baptist church:

First Baptist church
by andreas, on Flickr, CV 4/21

wedding shoot:

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Kwun-ya ( Pan - betelnut ) stall

Kwun-ya stall
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in a small village:

cat on the porch
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what? ..a foreigner!
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old Hindu Shiva temple some 20 km north of Mawlamyine:

old Shiva temple
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old Shiva temple
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mobile, diesel powered "sound machine" ( used for parties )

mobile, diesel powered generator sound machine
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"kutis", individual huts at the Pa-Auk Forest Meditation Centre south of Mawlamyine

kutis
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leaving the meditation hall

leaving meditation hall
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at the bus station:

rest
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so just as on my flickr stream also here I end up showing many photos, many more than earlier thought, some that I was shy to show first because of the IQ issue of the wide angle, many that aren't anything special but hopefully are of some documentary interest. If that is so I will show more again from on the way between Mawlamyine to Hpa-An and from around Hpa-An, cheers, andreas
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